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Librarian by day … bass player by night.

Tuesday, June 30, 2020
Courtney Sheedy playing guitar

Courtney playing guitar

That’s how Courtney Sheedy describes herself. And that gives you a glimpse of the wide variety of skills she brings to her job as e-content librarian for the Washington County Cooperative Library Services.

Virtual Virtuoso

Wednesday, June 24, 2020
Josh Chilcott

Josh Chilcott

Since March 14, life for Josh Chilcott, senior network analyst for the Washington County Cooperative Library Services, has been … interesting.

Deidra Menser to Library Patrons: “We’ll be in Your Corner”

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Agates in Diedra's hand

Deidra Menser’s mother was right.

Menser was an avid reader growing up, which led her law librarian mom to conclude that she would love working in libraries. Deidra told her mother there was no way that was happening.

She’s now completing a master’s in Library Science and works as a library assistant at Tigard Public Library.

I’m Giving Back …. It’s a Great Place to Be

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Araceli hiking in Kauai

Araceli Acosta is the library story time lady we all wish we’d had as kids.

Acosta, a youth services outreach specialist at the Beaverton City Library, can be found on the library’s YouTube channel, entertaining Spanish-speaking children with her animated singing, and readings of favorites like “La oruga muy impaciente” and “Un elefante se columpiaba.”

Susan Cackler Works With Kids … All Kinds

Monday, June 1, 2020

Susan Cackler and one of her kids

As you might expect from someone who works in a library, Susan Cackler says she “reads more than your average human.” What you might not expect is that she also reads to her goats.

Blaine Ross Lives a Multi-Dimensional Life

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

The Berlin Wall

After spending a good portion of his career in customer service, Blaine Ross has found a happy niche as a reference assistant at the Beaverton City Library.

“I’ve run a fish market, a deli and driven a bakery truck … I kind of surprised myself by turning up in a library,” he says.

Hillary Ostlund: Librarian, Adventurer … Line Judge?

Thursday, May 14, 2020
Hillary Ostlund in Norway with Kjell

Hillary Ostlund in Norway with Kjell

When Hillary Ostlund learned she could choose working in a library as an actual career she recalls, “I felt like I’d won the lottery!”

After working in libraries in both high school and college, it was a thrill to discover she could make it her life’s work.

A Lifetime Love of Languages and Libraries

Monday, May 4, 2020
Maggie Hannahs

Maggie Hannahs and a stack a books

If you’ve taken part in any of the adult programing at Aloha Community Library, you might not realize those events are run by a fiddle-playing linguist with an affinity for the Ojibwe language and a love of fan fiction.

Meet Maggie Hannahs.

Maggie will be the first to tell you that, despite working in libraries, she “never really decided to work in a library.” It may have been preordained by the love of libraries and languages that runs in her family.